Transitions in Life & Art

 Magdalena Bogart (left) with her new collector who bought the painting to the left.

Magdalena Bogart (left) with her new collector who bought the painting to the left.

March 1, 2018 was was filled with celebration and good cheer at Gallery House with the bubbly and European-flavored reception for TRANSITIONS in LIFE & ART, an exhibit of recent paintings by Magdalena Bogart and paintings and digital prints by Sydell Lewis. 

Magdalena Bogart spent her first seven years in Indonesia. She considers Munich, Germany her hometown though. She had been working as successful interior designer in the Bay Area for the past 25 years. She now is a full-time practicing fine art painter.

She has transitioned from 3-dimensional design to 2-dimensional composition in her paintings. Though she has painted for the past 20 years in her free time, she is now dedicating her time to developing her fine art career.

 Sydell Lewis discussing her process with art lovers and friends at the opening reception

Sydell Lewis discussing her process with art lovers and friends at the opening reception

Recently she moved from Los Altos to Tahoe City. Magdalena uses these changes to express its influences on and in her paintings.

The bustle of life in Silicon Valley while raising a family and working full-time versus the calmer ways of life in the present show up in her work.

Bogart paints on wood panels. The textural nature of her art can only be achieved by

sanding through countless layers, scratching the surface, marring and staining it. It is a

complicated process, but the result is of tactile quality. She states. “I encourage viewers to touch my paintings and experience the surface”. Don’t worry about the surface. It is thoroughly sealed.

  Rembrandt's Kitchen , acrylic and collage on board, by  Magdalena Bogart

Rembrandt's Kitchen, acrylic and collage on board, by Magdalena Bogart

The art of Sydell Lewis is in transition from traditional painting and printmaking to innovative digital art and her process is explored in the current exhibition.

She juxtaposes her painting “Having It All” with a series of digital images created from deconstructions of the painting. The reconstructed fresh, vital imagery is presented as pigment prints on paper and pixel paintings on canvas. In “BAM” a mixed media work on canvas she combines the pigment print seamlessly with acrylic paint.

Lewis states in an article to be published in the 2018 Journal California Society of Printmakers,

“As an experimental painter and printmaker interested in new technology I discovered that creating prints using art applications on a computer is a fascinating, inspirational and magical experience.” She believes “a print that is created using digital applications is the “NEW PRINT” of the 21st century “. Two of her digital pigment prints will be shown by invitation at the 9th Douro Biennial Print Exhibition in Portugal in August 2018.

Lewis has exhibited her work in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Bay Area including the Triton Museum.